Teaching Thankfulness and Gratitude with Literature

Although learning about being thankful and grateful and sharing with others are important themes to emphasize all year, they are particularly prevalent during the holiday season. Literature is a great way to help children learn about the importance of these practices.  Here are some children’s books that focus on those themes without (with one exception) actually being about the holidays so they might be introduced during these two months but can be returned to all year long.

  • I Wish You More by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
  • Thankful by Eileen Spinelli
  • The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney
  • The Thank You Book by Mo Willems. (not to mention Should I Share My Ice Cream?)
  • Gracias*Thanks by Pat Mora
  • Llama Llama Gives Thanks by Anna Dewdney
  • Grateful:  A Song of Giving Thanks by John Buccino
  • Bear Says Thanks by Karma Wilson

These are just my picks.  For other suggestions here are three websites I found with lots more you might explore as you’re planning for the next two months…and for a year of learning about giving thanks.

This article was contributed by Mary Perkins for the Early Childhood Express newsletter.